Marijuana will no longer be considered a dangerous drug.
The United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs has removed cannabis from the list of dangerous drugs.
On Wednesday, December 2, the Commission reviewed WHO recommendations on the reclassification of cannabis and its derivatives. Marijuana has been removed from Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961. This list includes opioids that are highly dependent, including heroin.
Experts believe that this decision will not have an immediate impact on weakening international control of cannabis trafficking. And national governments will continue to have jurisdiction over how to classify cannabis.
It is also reported that the vote ended with a result 27 to 25. Ukraine abstained, while the US and European countries supported the removal of cannabis herb from the list. China, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia were against.